Beautiful Siena

We had some great day trips from Florence with Venice and Chianti country being two of the best.

But how could I neglect Siena? I need to add it to the top of my list of favorite places. Its lovely traffic-free center is filled with quaint shops, good restaurants, stunning architecture, and friendly folks.

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Siena

Just over an hour by car from Florence, it makes a nice day trip. Our shuttle bus dropped us off in a car park and we walked into the historic center. First we stopped at Basilica of San Domenico which houses relics of Saint Catherine of Siena, including her head!

Then we walked into the pedestrian zone of central Siena–a nice welcome change from dodging cars and scooters in Florence! Feeling a bit hungry, we stopped in the Nannini cafe for some pastries.

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Nannini cafe, Siena

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Piazza del Campo

After that, we took a walking tour. First, to the historic Piazza del Campo and then to the Siena Duomo.

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Siena Duomo

The Siena Duomo is beautiful both inside and out. We also had skyline views of Siena and the surrounding Tuscan countryside from Panorama del Facciatone.

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View from Panorama dal Facciatone

Now it was lunchtime. Being is Siena, we opted for a local dish: thick pici-pasta with cinghiale (wild boar).

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Siena

Following lunch, we had time to explore independently. I wandered the narrow alleyways and winding streets, taking it all in. As with most day trips, it was too short! I could have stayed in Siena for hours.

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Palazzo Pubblico

Here are some pics from Siena:

For more Italy pics, check out my Flickr album.

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